Lots of handringing in mainstream media over a new terminology in the CAGW vocabulary, the Polar Vortex. In the past this phenomenon has been described as a 'cold front' or an 'icy blast' from the Arctic - so what gives. Why the new term?
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I was out and about this morning, and caught snatches of a Radio 5 talk show on the car radio where the BBC had lined up a bishop in one corner and an atheist writer/journalist in the other. The target was belief in the Devil among evangelicals - with the added point of interest that Islamists also fervently believe in the equivalent of the Devil (which is why the ayatollahs described the US as the 'Great Satan').
Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com/pages/pv.asp?p=wact39 (News, January 4th) tells us that the stormy weather of December and the wild behaviour of the Jet Stream was associated with changes in electrical and magnetic activity above the stratosphere and in the ionosphere as a result of the solar wind of charged particles coming from the Sun.
In January of 2013 co2 was at 395ppm, some 50 points higher than it was in 1985. However, in spite of rising co2 the Earth was losing energy to space at a higher rate, giving a lie to the greenhouse effect. See http://theinconvenientskeptic.com/2013/03/misunderstanding-of-the-global...
Global warming research ship in the firm grip of global warming sea ice - see www.joannenova.com.au/2013/12/antarctic-ice-swallows-boat-media-spin/
Oh Dear oh dear. That chappie Rog the Not so Short One has been rather naughty - go to http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/ipcc-ar5-synthesis-report--pre... ... which is basically the bits they did not want you to see. Fabulous. See also www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/12/9/ar5-the-synthesis-report.html ... which has lots of nice and polite comments. A real Bishop's feast.
A photo chop - or is it a photo shop. A splice photograph of a Copenhagen beauty spot ...
The link to the tweet is at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/07/the-bogosity-of-winter-storm-bodil/ ... which explains how the photo was crafted together - and like a horror movie was passed around the doomsaying community. No wonder they are shrill.
The idea of science being settled about anything is a bit of an oxymoron but never mind - that is what we have come to expect where climate change is concerned. William Thompson forwarded a piece from The Boston Globe by Jeff Jacoby (Dec 4th, 2013) which said that back in 2006, at the time Al Gore was doomsaying heavily with his 'An Inconvenient Truth' he started a file with the label 'What Climate Consensus' - and has continued to place various bits and pieces within that file.
For those wondering what all those electromagnetic and cosmic ray showers were doing Tim Cullen has the answer in his latest post - he says they verify the Svensmark and Calder hypothesis. Go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/svensmark-singfs-synchronicity/ ... and the same post is reblogged at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/tim-cullen-svensmark-vindicate...
A comment at 12.28pm on www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/12/2/green-fairies.html ... has the immortal line, '25 years ago Greens were chaining themselves to trees - now they are burning them. You couldn't make it up ....' and the reference of course is to the revamped Drax power station. It has converted from fossil trees (coal) to wood chips (live trees). The origin of the trees is in North Carolina, and no doubt somebody is making a few bob - but these are trees, real live carbon saving trees.